Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Linguistics (100%, E13 TV-L, starting ASAP)

For the project “Reading concordances in the 21^st^ century (RC21)”, run jointly by Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the University of Birmingham, the Chair of Computational Corpus Linguistics is seeking to appoint a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Linguistics (100%, E13 TV-L, starting ASAP)

The area of responsibility includes

In today's digital world, the amount of text communicated in electronic form is ever-increasing and there is a growing need for approaches and methods to extract meanings from texts at scale. Corpus linguists have long been studying recurring patterns in digitised texts with the help of concordances, i.e. displays that show many occurrences of a word, phrase or construction across a range of contexts in a compact format. However, lacking a well-established and clear-cut methodology, the art of reading concordances has not yet realised its full potential. At the same time, there has been very little innovation in algorithms in the concordance software packages available to corpus linguists. This project proposes an innovative approach to reading concordances in the 21st century. Through the collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg we combine strengths in theoretical work in corpus linguistics with expertise in computational algorithms in order to develop a systematic methodology for reading concordances and corresponding algorithms for the semi-automatic analysis of concordance lines. Through two case studies on English and German data sets, we will establish an approach that not only provides innovation in corpus linguistics, but also has wider implications for the analysis of textual data at scale, while still retaining a humanities perspective.

Responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher:

  • Developing, implementing, and applying novel computer algorithms to support and improve the manipulation of concordance displays
  • Producing documentation
  • Carrying out interdisciplinary case studies using the new methodology in close collaboration with other researchers
  • Leading on the organisation of workshops and other dissemination activities
  • Developing training materials for workshops and materials for web presence
  • Analysing data, writing up results, and co-authoring publications
  • Managing project tasks, supervising student assistants, and providing progress reports
  • Managing collaborative activities with the UK team

Necessary qualification

  • PhD or DPhil in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Humanities, or similar subject (completed or near completion)
  • Evidence of strong programming skills, ideally in Python
  • Evidence of ability to analyse linguistic data
  • Native-like language skills in German and English
  • Excellent communication skills in English, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the project team at meetings and research events
  • Ability to work independently, manage own academic research and associated activities, and to supervise student assistants

Desirable qualification

  • Strong publication record (commensurate with opportunities and experience) at relevant international conferences (computational linguistics, DH, corpus linguistics)
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research is a plus
  • Experience with deep learning approaches and/or statistical methods is a plus


The contract will ideally start in February 2023 and will run until 31 January 2025.

Please submit your application by e-mail to, providing evidence for all relevant qualifications. The application deadline is Friday, 16 December 2022.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. FAU is a family-friendly employer and is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Interviews with promising candidates are to be held by teleconference in the week beginning December 19th.

Application deadline


Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Linguistics (100%, E13 TV-L, starting ASAP)
Occupation at

TV-L E13 (depending on qualifications and personal requirements)
Part-time / full-time
Reason for limitation
befristetes Forschungsvorhaben

Contact person for further information
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Evert
Phone: 09131 85-22426
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik
Bismarckstraße 6
91054 Erlangen Bayern

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